Student Success

Doug Rieder: A Self-Made Man Shows Today’s Students the Way

Ask Doug Rieder about Sterling Risk Advisors, the surety and insurance brokerage firm where he’s worked for more than a decade, and he’ll tell you plenty: about how the company has grown over the years, the unique aspects of their business model, whom they’ve hired and how those people have excelled.

What he’s less likely… more »

Georgia State U. Is Ranked The Sixth Leading ‘Up and Coming’ University in Nation

Georgia State University has again been recognized as one of the most innovative and rapidly improving institutions in the nation, according to the 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The publication ranked Georgia State 6th in the country among the top “up and coming” universities, a list of schools… more »

Business Leader Hala Moddelmog Shares Insights on Leadership and Giving with the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative

Increased power frequently brings with it increased pressure. Hala Moddelmog found that out when she became president of Church’s Chicken nearly 20 years ago.

“We’d signed up with Habitat for Humanity to build 200 homes,” she remembers. “I was brand new at my job, and a little overwhelmed. My first time being in the president’s… more »

Kellie Smith: Enthusiasm for Georgia State, and a Passion to Serve

Some high-school graduates are apprehensive about leaving their hometowns and heading off to college for the first time. Not Kellie Smith, who started classes at Georgia State just a week after graduating from her high school in south Georgia.

“I just wanted to move to the city and expand my options here. I was excited… more »

Amanda Mordt: Working Hard, With a Little Help from One of GSU’s Friends

Amanda Mordt doesn’t have a family of her own yet, but she’s already getting some experience juggling work, school and raising kids — she’s working her way through college as a nanny for three young children, 8-year-old twin boys and a 5-year-old girl.

“They’re really funny. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than I am,” she… more »